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    The Narendra Modi led government has launched a unique mentorship programme called ‘Nurture the Future’, under which civil service trainees will compulsorily have to adopt youngsters as trained mentors and guide them throughout their educational and professional lives.

    The initiative aims to provide mentorship to underprivileged and socially or economically-backward children studying in class 10 and above, which was formally launched during the first-ever common foundation course for civil service trainees of the 2019 batch.

    For the very first batch, 425 children  have been identified by the government from 11 villages in Kevadiya, Gujarat and associated them with the 425 officer trainees of 20 civil services, including the IAS, IPS, IFS and IRS.

    A senior official from DoPT  (Department of Personnel and Training) when was asked about the initiative said, “We have linked the officer trainee and their mentee with their Aadhaar numbers, so that they can stay in touch throughout their professional lives.”

    “The idea is in sync with the government’s desire to provide mentorship to those from underprivileged backgrounds, and also to introduce a sense of social responsibility among civil servants,” the official added.

    He added highlighting the plus points of the programme, “It will also ensure that these children continue to have access to these civil servants even when they become secretaries and top officers in other positions.”

    While the government has started the programme in Kevadiya, it aims to expand it to other parts of the country in upcoming years.

    Vikram Virkar, a trainee IAS officer who has become a mentor to a class 10 student, has expressed his wonderful experience after the initiative came into action, he said, while the programme is at a growing stage, it has already been a fulfilling experience.

    “My mentee was very curious to know what I do, the nature of my job, what he needs to achieve what I have achieved, among other things, he wanted to know where I come from, whether I can speak English fluently, and how he can overcome his inability to speak English,” he added.

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